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Stan Karandanis, Industry Leader and Great Friend to AIA, Passes Away
AIA Posted 05/11/2007
Stan Karandanis, founder of Datacube and a long-time friend to AIA, passed away on May 8 from lung cancer at the age of 73.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the machine vision industry, Karandanis received the Automated Imaging Achievement Award, the machine vision industry’s highest honor, in 1999.
'Stan was one of the most memorable people I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my 23 years at AIA,' said Jeff Burnstein, AIA’s Executive Director. 'As a member of our Board and a regular participant in industry events, he was always a lively, insightful and entertaining presence. He had a great impact on many other industry leaders, including one of our current Board members, Mike Cyros, who was mentored by Stan and has been a close friend for 15 years. All of us at AIA are greatly saddened to learn of Stan’s passing and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Having lost my own father to lung cancer last year, I know what a cruel disease this is,' Burnstein said.
In a tribute to Stan Karandanis that Mike Cyros shared with former colleagues from Datacube, he wrote:
One of the most valuable lessons that Stan taught me was that the opposite of love isn’t hate… the opposite of love, in fact, is indifference. I’m sure you recall him saying this many times through the years. This spoke so closely to his sense of passion for everything he was involved in. It was not only OK by Stan to speak up when you disagreed or felt something was wrong, but also important to shout out the good news. Having a ‘don’t-care / indifferent’ attitude was not acceptable.
Stan’s passing is most certainly the end of an era, the world of vision will not be the same without Stan’s presence any longer. But, I take comfort in the fact that so much of what he taught me, I apply on a daily basis, and find myself remembering these anecdotes on a regular basis. For me, this is a reminder that Stan’s spirit lives on!
But, I also think of the other hundreds of former Datacube employees who were also so touched by Stan. It never mattered what your position or role was in the company, Stan was involved, and treated everyone as part of the family.
I had a long conversation with Stan a couple months ago after the Datacube reunion in Lowell. Despite reliving so many great experiences we shared together in the past, we were lamenting the fact of the demise of Datacube which always causes one to second guess. I reminded him of how many families he supported through employment and benefits for so many years. How many marriages and families were created as a result of Datacube (there were several matches made amongst employees!), how many kids were put through college, and so on. He took his greatest comfort in recognizing his impact on so many lives in this way.
Stan Karandanis’ wake will be held on:
Sunday, May 13,2007 from 5:00-8:00 PM
Brewitt Funeral Home
9 Pleasant St. Epping, NH
Trisagion service at 6:30 PM.
Funeral services will be held:
Monday, May 14, 2007 at 10 AM
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
650 Hanover St.
Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St., Manchester, NH 03104 or to the charity of one's choice.